Viewpoints

American Heritage understands how to market the train
I would like to comment on the Texas State Railroad from an employee's point of view. I am an ex-employee of the state who chose to go with American Heritage and continue...
We must choose carefully in selecting the next president
Folks, we really have an important task ahead of us choosing a new president who will be worthy of running our country. Don't make a mistake, this is going to be a very...
Jacksonville's lackluster retail sales pull down average for the...
Count November as another mediocre month in the record books. A retail sales snapshot released by the state comptroller's office indicates that...


The Alto High School mascot represents the enthusiasm, pride and spirit that the community feels towards its state championship team. PHOTO: LEANN JONES Thank you for supporting Alto Yellowjackets
Congratulations to the Alto Yellow Jackets on winning their back-to-back state championship title. Coaches and players should be very proud and...


Alto council members lacking character should turn in resignations...
In the Dec. 12 issue of your newspaper I read with a certain amount of disappointment that the mayor of Alto had resigned. Although I do not know Mr. Palmer, I find it a...
To 'protect and serve'
The crimes being committed in our communities are being superseded by some who are acting in the capacity of the law. Political corruption plays a factor in our judicial...
Political Cartoon


Residential lot should not be re-zoned
I am writing in response to the article about the oil company that is wanting to move inside the city limits. I am a Texas transplant. I got a job teaching here in Rusk...
JEB HENSARLING Congressman champions benefits to veterans
2007 was an interesting year in Congress, where I fought against amnesty for illegal immigrants, championed increased benefits for our nation's...


Political Cartoon


BOB GOLDSBERRY Chamber is ready to welcome 2008
The Rusk Chamber of Commerce is ready to welcome 2008. It feels like just yesterday it was Jan. 1, 2007. This year has been a very busy year for...


Jerry Seeton, resource specialist with the Texas Forest Service, inspects a recently thinned stand in September 2007. The landowner received cost shares from the Southern Pine Beetle Prevention Program. PHOTO: TEXAS FOREST SERVICE Landowners must guard against southern pine beetles
The Southern Pine Beetle (SPB) has not plagued Texas' pine stands in recent years as it has other states. With the help of $1 million provided by...


JAMES CAMPBELL Sheriff's department books 2,438 in 2007
It's hard to believe that this year is already drawing to a close. The Cherokee County Sheriff 's Department has had a very busy year as usual....


Political Cartoon


Rail authority mistakenly thought $2 million budget was discretionary
It was never obvious during the hearings leading up to the passage of the bill establishing the Texas State Railroad Authority how much more than the assets of Texas State...